Visual Pursuit Exercise: Rainbow Slide by Aedify- Toothy Buddies is the first activity in a series created by the makers of “Write-Dance*: Multi-sensory writing activities for children.” The Rainbow Slide focuses on eye movements, visual perceptions, and recognition skills. Rainbow slide helps build a handwriting foundation by having children track moving objects (pursuit), as well as using recognition and timing skills to identify when the object should be tracked. Ultimately, the app is very simple: children tap on falling objects. The catch is that there are 14 different levels of pursuit.
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Starting with a warm-up, beginners move through activities like visual intervention, attention challenge, and new orbits. As they become quicker and more accurate, they move to intermediate and advanced levels. The app is an automatic adapted exercise. The app will adjust automatically to the capabilities and input of the user. Children will practice at the level that is most suited to their ability. If you want to know how your child is doing, you can check the progress report for a checklist of dates and activities completed.
There is a rainbow on each screen of the game, though the rainbow direction changes in each level. A single item begins to slide down the rainbow, changing as it goes. Each time an image of the object a user needs to tap is shown. The user must wait until the object morphs into the finished product before tapping. For instance, an egg changes to a chick, and then to a chicken. Children wait until it is a chicken before tapping. The number of objects falling, the speed, and the direction all change as you increase levels.
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This is a unique app. At first I thought the app was too simple to be of much use to most children. However the more I thought about it and the more I used the app, the more I saw its potential. I think this would be excellent in a special education setting or with children with disabilities. The sliding pieces do teach children about visual recognition by having to wait for the item to finish changing to its final product. The speed differentiation is also a good way for kids to practice targeted tapping. Lastly, the focus necessary to wait for the item to morph, then tap it before it disappears, is an essential skill for early learners. I appreciate that the app is self-adjusting.
The progress report does provide some data, but mostly just dates and if the tasks were completed. Though, it doesn’t give any specifics, like error patterns. The app is tough to navigate at first. It opens to a bunch of books that detail each of the apps or activities and explain the logic behind Write Dance. You must read the 7 page Rainbow Slide book each time to access the app – or maybe I couldn’t find any other way to get to the activity part. Either way, it’s a bit convoluted until you get to the game portion of the app.
Overall, Visual Pursuit Exercise: Rainbow Slide is a unique app with a focus on eye movement and coordination. After navigating the cluttered start pages, the app is surprising simple and will be easy for young children to manipulate. It helps build a foundation for early handwriting skills.
Visual Pursuit Exercise: Rainbow Slide is available for downlaod via the iTunes App Store - iPad Apps
RRP - Free to Try with option to buy full version via in-app-Purchase ($1.99/£1.49/€1.79)
At the time of this review, the app has no ads, but does have an in-app purchase and has external links.
* - About to Write Dance
Write Dance was developed in 1980 by Ms. Ragnhild A. Oussoren, a Dutch Graphologist. It is designed to develop children's motor skills and lay strong foundations in handwriting, and is widely regarded in Europe and America.
We have worked with Hong Kong Registered Occupational Therapists, to modify and improve Write Dance classes into free e-books and interesting exercises, in order to help parents come up with fun and effective pre-writing activities at home.
This app was reviewed by Sarah Emerling, a mom, teacher, and technology coach. She is a self-proclaimed tech nerd and is passionate about technology in education. You can follow her ed. tech. blog at The iLesson Lady.
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